Cripe. Miguel Guhlin tagged me in a meme. This one is “What are seven qualities we don’t know about you that help you be a leader?” This meme thing makes me crazy. I see the tag, I think “wow, isn’t that nice that he thought to tag ME?”, next I think, “cripe, what am I going to write?” Okay Miguel, here goes. And for any readers who know me personally, if I’m at all delusional here, call me out on it, would you please?
1. I’m a good sport. I’ll play along, like this meme, even if I’d rather not, even if I’m out of my comfort zone. I’ll try.
2. I’m not always the smartest person in the room. The person who thinks she’s the smartest person in the room is seldom a good leader.
3. I’m very curious. Because I know I’m not the smartest person in the room, I’m not afraid to ask you questions.
4. I need a lot of information. In the “True Colors” test, I’m extremely green. Once I know we’ve asked all of the questions, given careful consideration to an idea, I can accept “no” for an answer. But only after careful consideration, research, and proof. Consequently, if you want a “yes” from me, show me you’ve done your homework. Well.
5. Guts. I’m not lacking any.
6. Love. I’m not lacking any of that either. Especially for kids.
7. Some say “it’s good like this, why mess with it?” I say, “it’s good like this, how can we make it better?“
And now my tags to seven other leaders, administrators, or directors, as Miguel suggested. These are seven of the twelve blog authors who I read each and every time they write.
1. Lisa R. at HR Thoughts
2. Chris Lehmann at Practical Theory
3. Christian Long at think:lab
4. Neil Rochelle at changing high schools
5. Pat Aroune at Educational Change
6. Rick Scheibner at RickScheibner.net
7. Doug Noon at Borderland